noun, often attributive
cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , -lē- \

Definition of cauliflower

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

Examples of cauliflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without warning, an image popped on the screen to outline the carnage: brisket, mac and cheese, ribs, chicken, pizza, hot dog, ice cream, peanuts, cauliflower and broccoli (oddly, at this point) … and tater tots. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Don Orsillo, Mark Grant infuse welcomed fun into Padres broadcasts," 4 Sep. 2020 Some of my favorite ingredients include strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, apples, pears, pomegranates, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, walnuts and kale. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Compact blender can turn your favorite fruits and veggies into a smoothie," 3 Sep. 2020 One batch of giardineria included radishes, cauliflower, fennel, onions and garlic. oregonlive, "How to pickle your veggie garden harvest: The Pecks," 12 Aug. 2020 Add carrots, jalapeño, garlic, onion and cauliflower, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, leaving vegetables slightly firm. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A veggie burger unlike the others," 16 July 2020 In a bowl, combine cauliflower and 2 Tbsp water, cover, and microwave until very tender, about 10 minutes. Joy Bauer, Woman's Day, "Low-Carb Quiche Biscuits with Bacon, Cheddar, and Chives," 29 May 2020 Leave cool-season crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, in place to finish maturing. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Plant a Fall Garden," 24 Aug. 2020 Prepared items like grain bowls, cauliflower rice and veggie noodles are also more prevalent on menus and in supermarkets. Casey Barber, CNN, "Try this Earth-friendly diet: How to shop, cook and eat to fight climate change," 24 Aug. 2020 On 2 acres along the Midtown Greenway, there are plots of beets, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers, greenhouses for tomatoes and peppers, beehives, hydroponics and aquaponics, and a brand-new chicken coop next to a stand of cherry trees. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "A block from Lake Street, urban farm tries to meet growing need," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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The first known use of cauliflower was in 1597

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10 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cauliflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- \

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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